Date: Thu, 17 Jun 2004 21:28:25 GMT
From: Scott in Florida <NotInThisLifetimenospam.ucan't>
Subject: Re: Which one of these cars are the safest, and which one should I get?


On Wed, 16 Jun 2004 18:13:25 -0400, "Rob Guenther" <robertguenthernospamatico.ca> wrote: >Ah, interesting thing to know - were they ever there own company? :-). As I understand it... Franco struck a deal with Fiat to build Fiat's in Spain by Spaniards and re label them Seats. So in the time I was in Spain (early 70's)...Seat was a Spanish built Fiat. Franco was very Pro Spain. If you were going to do business then a Spaniard had to be a partner. There was 100 percent employment during those times. ...and you could go anywhere in Spain without fear of any kind of bodily harm. Dictators are not always bad... >"Scott in Florida" <NotInThisLifetimenospam.ucan't> wrote in message >news:ase1d0ha6hvalip2nijdavhse3i9e9lh69nospamcom... >> On Wed, 16 Jun 2004 16:52:38 -0400, "Rob Guenther" >> <robertguenthernospamatico.ca> wrote: >> >> >To correct you about Seat's, they are Spanish VW's to be more accurate, >as >> >they are owned by VAG (Volkswagen Auto Group) and all their cars used VW >> >frames. >> >> Maybe now...but not when I lived in Spain (early 70's when Franco was >> dictator). >> >> Seats were Fiats at the time. >> >> Franco imposed a 100% duty on any foreign car imported into Spain at >> the time. He allowed us American's to import one car of our choice >> duty free...if we swore we would not sell it to a Spaniard. >> >> >> > >> >I've been in Portugal, which is the neighbouring country, and no one in >my >> >family found it scary to drive there, or be driven around. >> >"Scott in Florida" <NotInThisLifetimenospam.ucan't> wrote in message >> >news:h7bvc09d9ug63otju97ll1u4rrsing6255nospamcom... >> >> On Tue, 15 Jun 2004 12:38:45 +0100, David Taylor >> >> <djtaylornospamoot.com> wrote: >> >> >> >> >> I owned one in Spain and drove it all over Europe. Now that is a >good >> >> >> place to drive a BMW. >> >> > >> >> >I was taking a US visit down an English country lane (single track) at >> >> >the usual and legal 60mph, the knuckles were going white on his hands >> >> >and he asked "is this a two way street?" (street not really being the >> >> >right word but that didn't matter), >> >> > >> >> >I said "sure!" >> >> > >> >> >He said "what happens when someone comes the other way?" >> >> > >> >> >To which I said "well, we try and miss each other!" >> >> > >> >> >:) >> >> > >> >> >Add the usual 90 degree first/second gear corners and *that's* what >> >> >makes for an enjoyable drive. >> >> > >> >> >It's interesting to note the level of interest and discussion about >roll >> >> >over accidents. I can't think of that being a major issue at all in >the >> >> >UK. Is that down to stiffer suspension, smaller, lower cars instead >of >> >> >the prevalence of SUV's? Or just that people don't tend to be T boned >> >> >at large intersections in the same way? >> >> > >> >> >David. >> >> >> >> When I lived in Spain working for NASA, we drove Seat's(Spanish >> >> Fiat's) as company cars. My very first day, 4 of us got in one...they >> >> put me in the suicide seat...and off we went! >> >> >> >> Spain at the time (and I expect now, too) had rock fences on the roads >> >> we traveled on. Looked like a single lane road. >> >> >> >> Soooooooooooo we come racing around a corner and the biggest f'ing BUS >> >> I've ever seen comes right for us. I have NO idea how we missed him, >> >> but all the guys were laffin! Welcome to Spain they said...LOL >> >> >> >> I had a ball in my BMW. >> >> >> >> >> > >> >

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